Politics 16 August 2012 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. America has lost the battle over government (Financial Times) Both parties are accomplices to the premeditated asphyxiation of the state, says Jeffrey Sachs. 2. To hell with Gradgrinds – go to university (Independent) It matters that we live in a country that no longer believes in training minds from all backgrounds, says Laurie Penny. 3. It’s Sweden that Assange fears, not America (Times) (£) Whether the WikiLeaks founder likes it or not, he is no political refugee, says David Aaronovitch. But he has a real case to answer in law. 4. If Romney beats Obama, Ryan will set the tone and call the shots (Guardian) The candidate is no Sarah Palin, and should he come to office he could be a tough foil to an indecisive president, writes Martin Kettle. 5. China’s very different election show (Financial Times) The country’s democratic process is in full swing, but the result of the election will not be left to chance, says David Pilling. 6. A-level results: a day to celebrate (Guardian) Don't listen to the cynics and the grumblers, writes David Willetts. Opportunities are being opened up in higher education like never before. 7. We volunteered for Games, but not for Big Society (Independent) Volunteering at the London Olympics was a glorious one-off, but a one-off nonetheless, writes Mary Dejevsky. 8. The reason I won't be buying Fifty Shades of Grey loungewear (Guardian) What do EL James' trilogy, Cosmopolitan and cosmetic surgery have in common? They seem to be about sex, when really they are about shopping, says Zoe Williams. 9. I hate to say it, but Boris is right: The government must stop pussyfooting around (Daily Mail) As one alarming statistic after another confirms the dire state of the British economy, we should be in no doubt that the Government is fiddling while Rome burns, writes Daniel Johnson. 10. Our South Africans are on a sticky wicket (Daily Telegraph) Kevin Pietersen is only one of many to use the England team for his own selfish ends, says Peter Oborne. › Quote of the day Subscribe More Related articles Metro mayors can help Labour return to government How the Brexit referendum has infantilised British politics Vote Leave have won two referendums. Can they win a third?